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Thu Jan 6 18:25:22 UTC 2000
From: "Miller, Jerry" <MILLERJ at FRANKLINCOLL.EDU>
: I'm sure I am very late in chiming in on the Word of the Year (and I am
: probably repeating what someone else suggested but I missed), but, in a
: mental flash of lightning, it dawned on me what the WOTY had to be. That
: would be "bad" used as a noun, as in (cybertalk) "my bad."
: This all came to me when I heard a sports announcer for one of the bowl
: games on TV use it to explain why a player tapped his own chest after a
: play was botched. It gets very scary when Internet shorthand edges toward
: standard usage.
I don't know that i'd think of this as a WotY candidate for 1999 or 2000,
since in my observation it actually seems to be *decreasing* in general
usage since it was all over the place (in the mid-Atlantic, at least) in the
mid-80s (predating its use as 'net shorthand, BTW).
David Bowie Department of English
Assistant Professor Brigham Young University
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